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this is cnn breaking news. >> welcome to this special blizzard edition of "the lead," east coast, the time to take cover is now. i'm jake tapper. i'm coming to you from the nation's capital where this blizzard is just getting started. 85 million people in the path of this storm. and the weather already to blame for at least four deaths in north carolina after accidents on those treacherous roads. just as the cnn weather team has been warning for days, this record breaking blizzard has a bullseye on your nation's capital. whiteout conditions are along the way with wind gusts over 60 miles per hour. that's nearly hurricane strepgt. the federal government shut down early today and the subway system will soon stop running trains.
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in the southern united states the storm is dumping heavy snow and leaving regions covered in ice. in the carolinas the weather's to blame for nearly 30,000 power outages. in chicago a plane nearly rolled off the runway at o'hare international airport, more than 6,000 flights have been canceled nationwide to prevent a similar scene or potentially one even worse. from the southeast to points north, cnn is out in full force. we're going to start with meteorologist jennifer gray. now we're told there's going to be a thing called thunder snow. i remember that from a few years ago. remind everybody what thunder snow is. >> yeah, just like when you get heavy rainfall, you'll get lightning with thunder. some of those heavier bands of snow, especially here in d.c., around midnight be listening for it, we'll get lightning and we could even have thunder snow, those really heavy bands. it is going to continue to pick up. right now we're seeing steady snow, but as we go forward over the next several hours
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especially by around 10:00 tonight very, very heavy snow. and then it is supposed to pick up even more. that thunder snow around midnight possibly. for new york that is the tricky one because we are going to see those first snowflakes around 10:00 tonight. and then we're going to see it pick up by morning tomorrow. and we're in this for the long haul. this isn't going to be over in a couple hours. we're talking 36 hours of steady snowfall. and during the worst of it overnight we could see snowfall rates at two to three inches per hour. so 20 to 30 inches of snow possible in the d.c. area. you're also going to have winds of about 30 to 40 miles per hour, gusts up to 60. and so the snow is going to be blowing around, visibility is going to be near zero. and then as this continues to track up to the north we're going to see possible blizzard conditions in places like new york city and points north before this finally pulls away by late on saturday, early sunday depending on where you are. >> and the mayor of d.c. warning people to get off the streets. she said that everybody should have been home more than an hour ago.
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you can hear sirens going on, she's saying this is life or death. >> it is. it's life or death. they're supposed to be off the road by 3:00 this afternoon. we saw thousands of people on the national mall around 1:00 to 2:00 this afternoon. a few cars still out. we've seen plows roll by, but this is going to be a very long storm. this is a slow mover. tonight, the monster storm is barrelling up the east coast with roughly a quarter of the entire u.s. population in its path. several fatalities are already blamed on the storm, which quickly left parts of north carolina and tennessee frozen under a blanket of snow and ice, crippling the region. six states and the district of columbia have so far declared a state of emergency. and with 30 million people under blizzard warnings, as the storm moves north major cities are bracing for high winds and record amounts of snow. the storm's biggest target, washington, d.c. the mayor today issuing an
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ominous warning. >> i want to be very clear with everybody, we see this as a major storm. it has life and death implications. and all the residents of the district of columbia should treat it that way. >> reporter: to minimize the storm's massive impact on the nation's capital, federal agencies closed early and all public transportation services will be suspended by later tonight. popular landmarks like the national mall have also been closed to the public. today, the national weather service extended its blizzard warning to include philadelphia and new york city. millions now staring down a storm that could rank among the worst in nearly a century. and the other big problem with this storm are going to be the power outages, jake. see the snowflakes? they're getting fatter and fatter. these are very wet, heavy snowflakes. these are going to stick to the branches of trees, power lines. and so we could see power outages as we go forward in time.
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>> horrible news. jennifer gray, thank you so much. residents up and down the east coast are bracing for a potentially record shattering storm. the national guard has already been deployed in washington, d.c. cnn correspondent chris frates joining me live from the national mall where earlier today there was a major protest, a march, anti-abortion, chris, you're standing near this major washington, d.c. thoroughfare, what's it like there? what's the visibility? >> reporter: well, the visibility is getting worse, jake, as you might imagine. i'll take you down toward 14th street which as you know on any other workday would be pretty busy, but pretty abandoned right now. and that's because they asked for everybody to get off the streets by 3:00. it appears people are doing that. and while it looks like a pretty picturesque scene here, jake, don't break out the sleds. don't bring the cross country skis. officials are saying that you should stay inside. we heard muriel bowser talking about how this is a life or
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death situation, and her emergency management director saying that this storm will be fatal and that people should stay off the streets. maryland, washington, virginia, all have states of emergency. that gets them federal help if they need it. the national guard. now the city's been shut down since about noon, city government, federal government and school has been closed all day. they want to keep people off the streets. that's their main goal. they want to get salt down. we were at a salt dome in northeast d.c. earlier today, those trucks were coming in and out regularly trying to get salt down, get ahead of this storm and see if they make it easier to dig out. but officials here saying please don't go out now. stay at home and weather this storm through saturday. they're saying don't come out and play with this -- in the snow, don't come out for your snowball fights until at least sunday, jake. >> all right. chris frates, thank you so much. joining me now is director of washington, d.c.'s homeland security and emergency
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management agency. chris, how are things going so far? this storm obviously has just started. >> yeah, we are just seeing the initial bands of the storm come in right now. i think just came in off the streets a little bit ago and the pre-treating that we've been doing for the last 24 hours or so and then especially this afternoon with salt really seems to be helping us on our major arterials. however, the snow is coming down pretty good and, you know, we're starting to get accumulations on the road. so we're getting into that time where, you know, we advise folks to be off the road. and where they need to be by 3:00. and we're past that now. so we're hoping folks are really taking heed to that, are heading to where they need to be right now. >> that's right. the mayor saying everybody should be off the streets by 3:00. as you can hear behind me possibly there's still a lot of traffic. what are the priorities at this point in the storm in these early stages? >> again, it's making sure folks understand the gravity of what's coming our way. and are taking this storm very
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seriously. you know, the longer folks are on the street, the more opportunity of potential there are for accidents, that puts our first responders out on the street more and make them more vulnerable. so, you know, the concern right now is making sure folks understand this is a dangerous storm. it's time to go home. it's time to be indoors. >> the mayor has acknowledged that the city was not prepared for the dusting and icing the city received wednesday. are you confident you can handle this much bigger storm? >> we're really talking about two totally different types of events. the storm we had the other night is a vulnerable time to get snow for us right at rush hour when there hasn't been a lot of lead time for us understanding what was coming in and the forecast only calling for half an inch. that led to us not getting the treatment out there in time to really address that situation we had wednesday night.
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this is a totally different storm. and totally different situation that we're looking at. we've been preparing for this for quite some time. we've been putting our plans in place. we've advised the public to stay off the road. we've closed the government. we've told folks to be off the road and in their homes by the time the snow comes. and as we saw with this one we're pretty much on with the forecast. we are starting to see accumulations and it is past 3:00. so i think we've done a much better job at prepping for this one. and, again, this is a totally different event than what we had the other night. >> all right, chris geldart, thaupg so much. best of luck. >> thank you, sir. the roads treacherous already in several areas. people have been warned to stay home. we have a crew out there right now. we're going to go there live next.
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potentially deadly winter storm moving up the east coast. it's already been deadly in north carolina. officials are telling people to stay home in these extreme icy and blinding conditions. let's now go to cnn correspondent brian todd who's sitting shotgun with the team navigating roads in the area. brian, there was just a dusting, an icing wednesday night that created that sheet of ice causing hundreds of people to abandon their cars. this is a much more severe storm. how's it looking? >> jake, the conditions are getting worse and we're heading into a crucial period this evening when conditions will worsen even further. we are on 95 south heading past springfield, virginia. this is a major artery. normally on a friday afternoon we'd be probably in gridlock right now. you can see some cars in front of us on the dashcam. we have another camera you can see me on. we're pulling over into a cut in the road now to kind of show you what we're up against here. i'm going to get out and talk to the dashcam. and you can see some of the conditions here.
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switch this to the dashcam in the front now. as you can see what motorists are up against, visibility is a real problem. we were talking to people at aaa and the national weather service, jake, who said that visibility is going to be the issue. maybe not more than a quarter mile in any direction, and as you can see up here visibility is very, very poor and it's getting worse. and, again, when we start getting into darkness and temperatures dropping, it's going to get even worse. now we're going to switch to this portable camera here as we can see some of the cars. my team and i are quite frankly surprised that there's still this many cars out on the road because, again, talking to people at the national weather service, talking to people at aaa and other traffic monitors, and state officials, they're all saying stay off the roads. but look at this volume heading south. still a lot of people who wanted to venture into work in the d.c. area, are trying to get out of this. and, frankly, jake, a lot of them may be too late because they may run into some problems. what we're told by aaa is if
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there are conditions you're running into like wednesday and you're sliding off the road, do not abandon your car. stay in your car until you're rescued, turn the engine off, then turn it on for five minutes so you can stay warm. that's the advice they're giving for people like these folks who are venturing out and may run into some problems later, jake. >> all right. brian todd, thanks so much. please stay safe. washington, d.c. is the bullseye of this storm, but it's far from the only city being hit. several states have declared states of emergency. this system sprawls up the east coast with roughly 85 million people in its crosshairs. let's bring in two reporters who are standing by in the south, first let's go to polo sandoval in charlotte, north carolina. polo, how is it looking there? >> jake, look around me at this park in the heart of charlotte. hard to remind yourself that we are in the south. this is what conditions have been looking like really much of today. look over my shoulder folks have still been turning out to check into sites.
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but officials on the ground quick to remind folks that the worst may not be over. in fact, we're still seeing this wave of winter weather sweep through the area. this is actually a lot worse than what we saw earlier today. that's because temperatures have dropped. and with that will come really a higher risk for ice on the roadways. sadly we've seen at least four deaths here in north carolina already due to traffic accidents. so authorities are reminding the public to simply stay at home until the worst of the weather is over. this is the kind of weather folks are not used to and especially don't want given the fact that on sunday it's highly anticipated nfc championship game which by the way is still moving on, still going to happen come sunday. but for now officials asking folks simply stay home and really take in the site from their window. nick valencia, this is something you are seeing right now though in fairfax, virginia. >> reporter: thhey there, polo. meteorologists and weather folks got it right on this one. they said around 4:00 p.m. would
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be the heaviest snowfall we'd see here in fairfax, virginia. that's exactly what we're getting. the accumulation that's happened so far about an inch of snow gathering here and we are at the epicenter virginia department of transportation where they are preparing the thousands of plows that have already hit those roadways. this is the kind of stuff that they're putting there on the roadways here. it's this mixture of salt, feels a lot like rock hard glass here. let's walk over here and show you more and introduce you to the man of the hour, a guy that's really setting up a lot of the preparations here, steve shannon, any advice for those at home? >> we're in subdivisions now. we encourage everyone to park on the odd side of the road if they have to be on the road. otherwise park in your driveway or your garage. >> reporter: we just saw on the interstate what did you see out there? how are the roads looking to you? >> the interstate was looking good especially on i-66, westbound. and that's because there's a lot of traffic though. and we treated the roads and it was clear. >> so main point people are listening, people are paying attention. thank you very much for all that you guys are doing. they're protecting your lives
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out there making sure that the roads are safe. at the height of this they could expect between 3 and 6 inches of snow, perhaps up to 40 inches throughout the weekend. this storm is really no joke, jake. >> all right. nick valencia and poe lo sandoval, thank you so much. stay safe and warm to both of you. let's talk to an official from the commonwealth of virginia. joining me on the phone a spokesperson from the virginia national guard. how is the guard preparing right now? what are you doing? >> well, thanks to the quick decision by our governor to give us plenty of advance notice, we've been able to get our guard forces stationed throughout the commonwealth. and we're staged and ready. right now we're mainly linking up with virginia state police. we haven't gotten a lot of missions with the snow point. we're assisting troopers get to crash site locations but the most important thing is we're staged and ready as snow continues to pile up. we work as part of a state agency team with the department
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of transportation, with the state police. so we're going to do whatever we can to help them out. >> cotton, obviously we're all hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. what is the worst case scenario for the virginia national guard? >> well, in terms of worst case scenario, we've faced some pretty heavy snow before, and we've got good equipment that can get us through heavy snow. our soldiers have done this sort of thing before. and, again, it's that great team that we've got here in the commonwealth of virginia. so i think we're ready to be able to assist. and we've got a lot of flexibility to be able to provide capability depending on what sorts of challenges we face. >> this storm is supposed to be ending saturday, tomorrow, what might monday look like? can commuters expect that they will be able to get to work by then? >> well, jake, i have to confess i'm not a meteorologist, so i'm really not sure. we monitor the weather. and just to be able to make sure that we've got the right
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equipment mix out there. but i have to confess i haven't looked that closely monday. we're focusing in on right now and making sure we've got the stuff out there to be able to help our partners. >> fair enough. virginia is bringing in 300 national guardsmen. the governor also said there are 700 members of the national guard on standby for possible assistance with any needs in the state in the commonwealth. do you think that's enough, 1,000? >> i think so. we do an initial force package to start off based on our best estimate of what we're looking at, but we've got additional capability that we can bring in once we kind of get an idea is it a wet snow, a dry snow, do we start to see trees fall down and we need more engineer type of equipment. so i think that's a really good estimate at this point what we think we need. there's more if we need it. if it turns out to be even worse, we've got more depth beyond that. and if the governor decides that we need to bring it in, we'll
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call in our soldiers and airmen and bring in to provide assistance. >> cotton puryear, best of luck to you and your men and women. appreciate it. >> thank you, jake. appreciate it. you don't have to live on the east coast to feel the effects of this massive storm. flights are being canceled across the country. airports totally shut down. that story next. plus, donald trump trashed by a conservative magazine. and now there are consequences. 2016 news coming up. ♪ melodic, calm music "hi this is conor. sorry i missed you. i'm either away from my desk or on another call. please leave a message and i'll get back to you just as soon as i'm available. thank you for patience at this busy time." join princess cruises for stargazing with discovery at sea. book now for savings up to $1,000 per stateroom plus up to $600 free onboard spending money. call your travel consultant or 1-800-princess. princess cruises. come back new.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. continuing with our top story. you see the snow there hitting charlotte, north carolina. it's part of this potentially record breaking storm bearing down on much of the east coast. take a look at the u.s. capital right behind me. see it, the capitol dome? see it? you can't see it. even though it's only four blocks away, the snow is coming down so thick and so heavy we can't see it at all. that storm has also caused more than 6,000 flights to have already been canceled. cnn aviation correspondent rene marsh is live at ronald reagan national airport outside washington, d.c. rene, how many more flights
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should we expect to be grounded? >> well, jake, the list sounds like this, jetblue just e-mailed me operations suspended in washington, d.c. area and baltimore. united operations suspended. american airlines suspending their operations in about an hour. i mean, take a look behind me. not a soul. that woman there, she's an employee here at the airport. so the fact of the matter is this major storm has managed to put travel, air travel specifically, at a standstill in several major northeastern airports. as snow blankets the east coast, the storm caused a travel headache for thousands long before the brunt of the blizzard even hit. passengers showing up hours before their scheduled flights. >> it's this or hotel for the next several days. hoping to get out. >> reporter: most airlines have canceled flights up and down the east coast friday afternoon through saturday. flight tracking website
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flightaware shows dwindling air traffic over the blizzard's path. travelers waited in long lines early this morning in hopes of beating the storm. and a few were lucky to get on some of the last flights out. >> our flight was for sunday and we found one ticket to leave today for las vegas. >> reporter: so you do not want to take any chances. you want to get out. >> not at all. yeah. we want to get out. we're going to get out. >> reporter: flights will halt in and out of philadelphia international airport starting saturday. other airports that will get a direct hit, like reagan national and washington dulles, will likely also stop operations. but it's not just air travel. officials are warning drivers to keep off roads as well. >> i've never seen it this bad. oh, no. i feel sorry for those guys down there. there's nothing they can do but sit there. and i live on up the road here. so i just thought i'm going to walk. >> reporter: ice and snow made for hazardous driving conditions in tennessee, kentucky and north
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carolina this morning. high winds are expected to complicate efforts to keep the roads clear. major bridges could be closed, and many states have asked drivers to stay off the roads. well, disruptions may persist for two, three, possibly more days as airlines work to clear the backlog of passengers who were not able to get to their destination, jake. >> rene marsh, thank you so much. let's bring in mark murphy, founder of mark, thanks for joining us. what advice would you give to travelers today? >> i would just stay put. if you haven't gotten out yet, then you've missed your window. and you're probably not going to get out, if you're lucky sunday, more likely monday or tuesday. your reporter was right on the mark with that. >> and what about travelers who don't live in the path of the storm? they still might be affected by the cancellations of flights,
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right? >> yeah. what people don't realize you could be flying out of phoenix, but if your plane from new york city is on the ground and doesn't get to phoenix, you're going to get stuck. and that's why you have a system wide issue, not just the areas that are affected. >> mark, what's the general scenario right now? how are things looking? >> so right now you're stuck where you are, unfortunately, if you haven't been proactive to get a hotel room or something like that, if you're not near your house, then you're stuck with that. and so from that standpoint you're going to see the possibility of getting out sunday, more likely monday. but it could roll into tuesday and wednesday. it's a big storm, jake. >> so this could last -- things might not get back to normal until wednesday, you're saying, possibly? >> that's my prediction. i think wednesday is when you're going to see everything back to normal. but you're still going to be able to get out monday and tuesday and even sunday.
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but remember a lot of these people they have to be rebooked. these flights are full already. so that flight on monday is full. so they're going to have to bring on additional equipment and make the move to get these folks on their way. where people get really stuck is if they had to do let's say a cruise and they're leaving on a cruise, the cruise is going to leave tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. they're hanging in philadelphia or wherever it is, they're missing that cruise. >> there was a fair amount of warning about this storm to give some credit to the local and state officials we usually don't give credit to. did that advance warning help? >> absolutely. and you heard that guy from las vegas with your reporter -- or going to las vegas. he got out. and he got lucky. and just got out in advance. so the problem you have is even though they warn you the airlines don't come out until a couple days beforehand to give you the break on the fare difference and change fee which
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can be substantial if you change. >> all right. mark murphy of thank you so much. appreciate it. as snow slams washington, d.c., people are scrambling to scavenge every last item from grocery stores. but while you might be busy snacking on pretzels or chips, conservatives are trying to cannibalize one of their own. none other than donald trump. we'll explain coming up. iall across the state belthe economy is growing,day. with creative new business incentives, and the lowest taxes in decades, attracting the talent and companies of tomorrow. like in the hudson valley, with world class biotech. and on long island, where great universities are creating next generation technologies. let us help grow your company's tomorrow, today at you may know what it's like to deal with high... and low blood sugar.
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governor chris christie flying out from what seems like his home these days, new hampshire, to his actual home, new jersey, to manage this crisis and reassure the people of new jersey he's on the case. and while this blizzard threatens to devour 85 million people in its path, the republican party is going full cannibal in a different way. that's our politics lead today. the conservative magazine "national review" is devoting an entire issue to ripping apart the republican front-runner. of course that's one mr. donald j. trump. a variable all-star team of conservative writers all trying to take a bat to trump's campaign al capone style. astoundingly ignorant to menace to conservatism, the great ch l charlatan of them all. those are quotes, not from me.
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sunlen, was to end the national review's participation from next month's debate right here on cnn. >> that's right, jake. they moved quickly on this. they very quickly disinvited the national review from their involvement in next month's debate. this is a real struggle that's going on within the establishment wing of the republican party right now. in one corner you have those intent on stomping trump and in the other those who want to take down ted cruz. >> people don't even think about the national review. >> reporter: in an unprecedented move, the conservative magazine "national review" out with a complete and total takedown of trump, calling trump a menace to american conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it under foot on behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the donald himself. essays from over 20 respective conservatives piling on, trump trying to brush it off. >> now, that's a dying paper. pretty much a dead paper. >> reporter: and cruz continuing
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to be raked over the coals by establishment republicans with takedowns this week from iowa's republican governor, former iowa senator chuck grassley and former presidential nominee bomb dole who called cruz an extremist and bring cataclysmic wholesale losses to the party if he wins. the just ten days to the iowa caucus how much the establishment wing of the republican party is still deeply dissatisfied with the front-runners. but with trump and cruz on top in the polls, the decision the party is now forced into facing, who will do more harm to the party long-term. >> you know, whether it's death by shot or poison, does it really matter? >> reporter: as both face incoming from their party, the two continue to inflict serious blows on each other. >> cruz had his moment and he blew it. >> reporter: trump unloading on cruz releasing his first negative tv ad today, a hit on cruz painting him as pro-amnesty. >> i want immigration reform to pass.
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>> reporter: cruz now hammering trump in his own ad on eminent doma domain, seize private property for public use. >> i think eminent domain is wonderful. >> reporter: portraying the real estate developer as a power hungry land snatcher, resonates with new hampshire voters. >> supports using government power to seize private people's homes to give them to giant corporations to say hypothetically build a casino. >> reporter: trump today shooting back tweeting in response, quote, without it we wouldn't have roads, highways, airports, schools or even pipelines. and more pushback coming from donald trump on this national review takedown tweeting moments ago, quote, the dying national review has totally given up on the fight against barack obama. they have been losing for years, this according to donald trump on twitter saying i will beat hillary, jake. >> sunlen serfaty in des moines, iowa. thank you so much. there is another storm coming, i'm not talking about jonas. this one's called bernie. bernie sanders that is.
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and if you're a hillary clinton staffer in new hampshire, the doppler radar only looks slightly scarier than the polls. a suffolk university poll out today showing bernie sanders up 9 points on clinton, and that's one of the better results for her in the first of the nation granite state. our cnn/wmur poll put clinton 27 points behind the vermonter. cnn senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny is also in des moines. jeff, the democratic senator from new hampshire, gene sha heen introduced hillary clinton in rochester today saying bernie sanders would not have been able to handle the benghazi testimony that clinton went through. kind of an odd criticism. >> jake, no question about it. i mean, hillary clinton went hard after bernie sanders on thursday in iowa. but today in new hampshire she's not saying anything negative about bernie sanders at all. she's outsourcing her dirty work, some might say. senator shaheen was very aggressive in what she said about bernie sanders, but specifically she said he would
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not be able to stand up to what she did during that house congressional testimony. she even lumped him in with some other republican rivals. let's listen. >> how many of you watched that hearing before the house committee on benghazi? yeah. 11 hours hillary was before that committee. is there anybody here who thinks that anybody else in this race, republican or democrat, could have done what hillary did? no! not donald trump. >> no. >> not ted cruz. >> no. >> and not bernie sanders. >> no! >> reporter: but even lumping bernie sanders in that string of names there, donald trump and ted cruz, democrats are taking a bit of a risk here. one senior clinton adviser i talked to earlier today said hillary clinton is going to be sort of judicious in how much she directly confronts bernie sanders. he has a lot of supporters, a lot of followers and backers
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particularly in new hampshire. but, jake, the clinton full operation, the full democratic establishment is going to descend on iowa this weekend. she has surrogates campaigning across the state on her behalf. so we'll watch to see exactly what they're saying specifically about that. but, look, the clinton campaign knows time is running out to pop the balloon, to shake some of these theories up that senator sanders has been talking about. they want voters to give him a little bit more scrutiny on all of his policies from health care to iran. so a lot of that work is going to be done through surrogates this weekend in iowa. and the final week starts on monday before those iowa caucuses finally on february 1st, jake. >> jeff zeleny, thank you so much. next monday night in iowa an event only on cnn, exactly one week before iowa voters choose among bernie sanders, hillary clinton and martin o'malley, all three of the candidates will go face-to-face with the voters of iowa in a cnn democratic presidential town hall live from des moines. my friend chris cuomo is going
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to moderate. it will be a unique opportunity for iowans to ask questions of these three democrats just before they go and cast their votes. that's next monday night 9:00 p.m. eastern live only on cnn. coming up, i'm jake tapper, and i approve this tease. which message is from which candidates are connecting with voters watching their commercials at home? one of the best political minds in the country will give his take in minutes. plus, the snow coming down hard here in d.c. and many other cities. and it may not stop until it's up to your waist. more special coverage of this monster storm ahead. living with chronic migraine
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. you're looking at images from the commonwealth of virginia at the start of what some predict will be the biggest blizzard in the history of this region. and if you live in iowa or new hampshire, you've been treated a downpouring of tv ads from s. hillary clinton and bernie sanders, ted cruz and donald trump. joining me now cnn senior political commentator david
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axelrod who before he became a message and ad guru for democrats was a political reporter. david, thank you for joining us. let's dive right in. senator bernie sanders, his very first ad was a traditional bigraphical spot. here's his latest. ♪ >> so, david, that song's a great song. >> it is, yeah. i'm having a '60s flashback here. >> but the clinton allies are attacking this ad for not having enough faces of color. what are your feelings when you see this ad? >> well, first of all, i think it's a great ad. you know, now you're in the mobilization part of the campaign. they're trying to get their people out. bernie sanders needs a big
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turnout. this is an inspirational spot meant to mobilize his people and i think it's very effective. attacking him on not having enough african-americans in there, i think they're looking past iowa and new hampshire to south carolina where hillary clinton is counting on african-american voters to be her fire wall in case things go badly in iowa and new hampshire. >> hillary clinton has been on the stump in iowa mainly railing against senator sanders and what she perceives as his lack of foreign policy know-how. that kind of dovetails in with this ad that her campaign put out today. take a look. >> the world a president has to grapple with, sometimes you can't even imagine. that's the job. and she's prepared for it like no other. >> so clinton pitching her experience versus sanders idealism. that was her pitch against obama in 2008 as well. might it work this time? >> well, it might work better this time because we've had eight years of obama. and people tend to look for
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something different than what they have. democrats love obama, but there may be more of a recepivity to the more practical experience argument she's making here. that's what she's banking on. but bernie sanders is appealing to the heart and she appears to be appealing to the head. we'll see which one prevails. >> donald trump is out with a brand new ad in iowa, new hampshire and south carolina, the subject no surprise, senator ted cruz hitting him as pro-amnesty. take a look. >> i want immigration reform to pass and that allows those who are here illegally to come in out of the shadows. >> that amendment would have allowed undocumented immigrants to remain in the u.s. permanently and obtain legal status. so how do you square that circle? >> actually, bret, it wouldn't have -- >> your former colleague in the white house dan pfeiffer he called this spot a devastatingly simple attack ad. do you agree? could it hurt cruz? >> yeah -- i think it is
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damaging. because it goes right to the heart of one of the issues that really mobilizes voters on the right and the base of the republican party, which is their antipathy toward immigration reform. and so i do think this is a damaging spot. >> ted cruz is also hitting back at trump on the issue of eminent domain. take a look. >> fancy term for politicians seizing private property to enrich the fat cats who bankroll them, like trump. >> i think eminent domain is wonderful. >> it made him rich. >> now, eminent domain as you know, david, that's a big issue in new england where this ad's running. could this be effective? >> it is. i sometimes wonder whether the average voter thinks eminent domain is a champagne rather than a policy. but be that as it may, you know, look, there's a civil war going on right now in the republican party. and the opponents of trump are
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trying to depict him as an insincere conservative, as an untrustworthy conservative. this is part of that effort, the national review assault on him is part of that effort. you see the establishment republicans have been much less on the attack versus trump. it's as if they are now resigned to the notion that trump may be their hedge against ted cruz who they detest even more. >> david axelrod, thanks so much. appreciate it. >> great to be with you. we're now just over three hours into this massive 36-hour blizzard here in washington, d.c. the storm is moving up the east coast. we're going to have live reports from elsewhere right after this. 7 days ago, karen wasn't thinking about joining her daughter's yoga class. she was thinking about her joints. but now that she's taking osteo bi-flex, she's noticing a real difference in her joint comfort. with continued use,
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper coming to you live from washington, d.c. it began snowing just about four hours ago here in d.c. brought on by a very powerful winter storm system hitting up and down the east coast. now this potentially crippling blizzard is bearing down in other parts of the northeast. let's go to baltimore where our cnn correspondent miguel marquez. miguel, how are things shaping up in baltimore right now? >> reporter: well, blizzard baltimore is on it seems. officials getting increasingly concerned speaking in sort of ap plektic tones about what's going to happen here over the next 24 to 48 hours. this just began. an hour and a half ago it was completely clear. now you can see the snow is really starting to come down in baltimore's inner harbor. it will transform they say with as much as two feet of snow in baltimore city itself. on the outskirts they're expecting up to 30 inches of snow, perhaps even more snow than that in parts of maryland. the governor of maryland
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declaring the entire state an emergency zone now. they have stored up some 365,000 tons of salt. they have 2,700 vehicles to try to clear the roads out there. but they are warning that at 6:00 p.m. tonight the only cars allowed on the streets here in baltimore city are those with chains. mta all public transport will go down, stop at midnight tonight for 24 -- for 48 hours until 3:00 a.m. monday. they will reassess to see if they can open it up at 3:00 a.m. monday. but they are very, very concerned. warning people if they have friends, neighbors, elderly people who can't get around or have a hard time getting out, make sure and check on them. it may be days if not a week before some areas of not only baltimore but maryland are able to dig out of this, jake. >> that's right. potentially deadly, already four people dead in north carolina from this storm. miguel marquez in baltimore. thank you so much. stay safe and stay warm. don't forget to tune in this sunday at 9:00 a.m. eastern for
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"state of the union." i'll be talking to jeb bush just eight days before the iowa caucuses. that's it for "the lead" today. i'm jake tapper. i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." please stay warm, please stay safe. have a good weekend. happening now, state of emergency. right now more than 85 million americans they are in the path of a monster storm. already many are getting pounded by snow, freezing rain, high winds. forecasters warning that before it's over this blizzard could go down as one of the worst storms in u.s. history. treacherous roads in states up and down the eastern u.s., driving conditions are deteriorating by the minute. city, state and federal governments they have shut down. major sporting events are being canceled. the dangerous conditions could last for days. and weight of the snow. tonight, there's growing concern about the buildup of